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May Day : How far is the trial of workers’ murder

Fatima Parvin

Every subject has a history, whether it is happy or sad. International workers’ day is such a sad day in the world which is called the great May Day. It is basically a celebration day of the international labour movement. In different countries of the world, working people and workers’ organizations celebrate the Day by organizing processions and rallies on the streets.

The Day commemorates the sacrifices of the Massacre Martyrs of Hay Market in Chicago, USA in 18th century. On that day, the workers gathered at that Market demanding eight hours of daily work. The firing started shortly after an unidentified bomb was hurled at the police and workers surrounding them. As a result, many workers were injured and about 10-12 workers and police were killed on the spot. Subsequently, the May Day riots of May 1894 took place.

A resolution was adopted at the International Conference of Socialists in Amsterdam in 1904, calling on all socialist democratic parties and trade unions (trade unions) to organize processions and marches on May 1 around the world to demand eight hours of daily work and to establish peace.

The conference called on all trade unions around the world to “decide not to work compulsorily” on May 1 unless there is a possibility of workers’ casualties.

Today, on the great May Day, we will talk about the deprivation of the rights of the garment workers, because the nation was stunned by the excuse of the top leadership when they were instructed to stay at home in horrible corona, hundreds of lives were cut short. On the highway, he gets fired and comes back home.

In our state, due to selfish, greedy, ignorant people, thousands of workers have already had to fight for their rights and give their lives. The great May Day really reminds me of the disasters of the old days. The Rana Plaza collapsed on April 24, 2013 in Savar, killing more than 1,100 people, including workers in five garment factories.

More than a thousand people were injured. The subject matter was as tragic as the loss. On the night of April 11, 2005, the eight-storey building of Shahriar Fabrics Industries Limited and Speckjam Sweater Industries Limited of Palash Bari in Savar collapsed. At that time 72 workers died. Hundreds more were injured and paralysed.

On June 1, 2010, at around 12 o’clock in the night, a 4-storey building at Post Office Lane No. 16 of Begun Bari in Tejgaon area in the capital city Dhaka collapsed on a three-storey wooden house of next door.

The tinshed houses below collapsed and hundreds of people were taken prisoner. At the moment 25 people lost their lives. If you still remember the flame of the terrible fire of Tazreen Fashion, you have to be sure. Repeatedly, the unfortunate workers lost their lives and were crippled in the horrific devastation, most of them women workers.

When it comes to the plight of women workers, the story behind them comes to the fore, but the economic structure could not have played a major role in the country if it were not for women workers. There has always been a gender division of labor between men and women.

No matter how much we talk about equality, this division is also known as social labor division. Even today this division is prevalent in all areas and as a result women are economically backward. Workers’ safety and their minimum wage and rights are constantly being questioned. It takes the backward women one step further.

Just as the corpses of the workers are cheap to the garment owners, so too the expensive labor of the workers in the garment industry of the country has become a role model in the world court as a potential country whereas those workers have to sell their valuable labor for cheap wages. Even though there have been many accidents before Rana Plaza, the country is not adequately prepared to deal with various accidents like workers, building collapses or major disasters.

There are not so many rods, sophisticated equipment like quick removal of concrete and rescue operations. As a result, rescuers have repeatedly been the victims of helplessness. Although it was confirmed that a large number of people were trapped under the rubble of Rana Plaza, the number of bodies increased due to technical limitations.

Humanity is awakened by the wonderful image of the best behavior of thousands of spectators, including the people of the area who were immediately rushed due to humanity. The great and adventurous rescue operation of the untrained common man who jumped into the death pit at the risk of the lives of the volunteers will set an example to the world.

The way they engaged themselves in the life-and-death battle for the salvation of humanity, with their blood donation, drinking water and The doctors and nurses who selflessly served will always paint a real picture of true patriotism. Just as the building collapse of four decades of the country will be considered as one of the negative events in history, the cooperation of that human life will also be recognized as a positive aspect. Maryam (30) was injured in Rana Plaza at her home in Kalmegha village of Patharghata upazila of our Barguna district.

Thinking of the future of her two young children, the divorced mother left her helpless parents behind and took a job in garments, finding work without losing the battle of life.

But unfortunate fate did not forgive him at that time, he was rescued three days later but he had to cut off his right hand. At the time of writing the article about Maryam, Mr. Samia Afrin, Country Director of the International Women’s Party, handed over a check for Rs. 300,000 through Sankalp Trust.

Of course it is admirable. However, the bewildered Maryam is still waiting with conviction and confidence in the hope that the killer Sohail Rana and his associates will be brought to justice. The families of the injured and oppressed workers, civil society and the entire country are waiting for justice.

There was an expectation that all the accused, including the killer Sohail Rana, would be given exemplary punishment very soon.

The writer is a Vice-Chairman of Patharghata Upazila Parishad, Barguna and also child and women’s rights activist.

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